SNHD taking action to fight mosquitoes

By: Amanda Slee

Posted: Jun 08, 2017 04:50 PM PDT

LAS VEGAS – Health officials plan to fight off the type of mosquito which is known to carry the Zika virus.

The Southern Nevada Health District will conduct a fogging operation early morning on Friday, June 9.

The hope is to reduce the number of Aedes mosquitoes which health experts recently discovered in Las Vegas.

“This type of mosquito control is done regularly across the country to treat millions of acres and has shown to be effective in reducing the potential of mosquito-spread diseases,” said City Manager Qiong Liu.

The SNHD will use the chemical called Duet in the fogging operation.

“A very small amount of active ingredient is used – about a tablespoon treating an area the size of a football field,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

This product will be applied to the area from Alexander Road and Decatur Boulevard to Valley Drive and Gowan Road.

Residents of this area don’t need to take any actions other than protecting themselves from mosquito bites both day and night, as these mosquitos are more active during the day.

While none of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes found recently carried the Zika virus some did have West Nile virus.

New ASU food organization

Spoon University is an online food publication for students by students that is forming at ASU this semester.

According to Spoon University’s website, they provide easy recipes, tricks you never knew about and the best food spots around campus.

This organization has chapters at more than 150 college campuses helping students in two aspects. First, they are helping student journalists, marketers and event planners to build up skills for their future career by being a part of the team. Second, it is helping students on campus who are reading this publication learn about food in their area and even how to cook for themselves.

“I feel [this publication] would help out a lot especially incoming freshman,” Emilee Breaker said. “I’m a senior and I wish that would’ve been around.”

Coming to college tons of students are on their own for the first time and they don’t know how to provide for themselves. Breaker explains that the first thing students think of is fast food.

The goal for Spoon University is to help students understand food better and break the fast food habit.

ASU’s new chapter for Spoon University is looking for students to join their team. For those Interested visit, www.spoonuniversity.com/apply.

 

By: Amanda Slee

Cheer finishes in top ten

Previously printed in The Tribune, Volume 11, Issue 5, April 2014, at Liberty High School in Henderson, NV.

 

On Mar. 29, the Liberty competitive cheer squad went to compete at the USA Nationals in Anaheim, California.

They competed in the large varsity show cheer intermediate division against 18 other teams.

“I felt that our team had to show a way for us to stand out and have other judges notice us,” cheerleader Remeika Perea (12) said. “Otherwise, we would just be another team that they had to watch.”

To advance to day two, the team needed to be in the top six finalists, whereas to place with a trophy, they needed to come in 7th, 8th, or 9th.

“When I knew we had to be in the top six, I was a little nervous,” cheerleader Brooke Battistoni (9) said. “I knew if we all kept our heads high and did what we were supposed to, we would be fine.”

The squad came in 10th being 0.4 points away from getting a 9th place trophy.

“It was devastating news to hear [that we were that close],” Perea said. “It made me feel like our team as a whole didn’t give 100 percent, even though some of us put our hearts into it.”

The squad was disappointed, but they have improved from last year at nationals getting 22nd out of 25 teams.

The only penalty they got this time was a touch down out of a tumbling pass.

“I thought that the team did well. I was very proud of them,” head coach Jennifer Mercer said.

Even though the squad didn’t do as well as they had hoped, they still came out on top with better scores than last year at nationals and a better chance for next year.

 

By: Amanda Slee

Cheer prepares for national competition

Previously printed in The Tribune, Volume 11, Issue 4, March 2014, at Liberty High School in Henderson, NV.

 

Liberty’s very own competition cheer squad has qualified for nationals.

On Jan. 11, 2014 they competed against four other teams: Legacy, Sierra Vista, Durango, and Northwestern Career and Technical Academy.

They ended the competition coming in 2nd place, just below Legacy High School.

The judges gave them an end score of 78.33 points with penalty. Without penalty, they would have ended with an 81.33.

To qualify for nationals, a team must receive a score of 75 points or more from the judges.

“It was really blood-rushing just hearing liberty get the bid for nationals,” Kassidy Rivera (12) said.

The cheer squad hit a perfect routine with all stunts and tumbling. Unfortunately, they did get a warning on their music, as well as a penalty for an illegal stunt.

Their music went over by three seconds, putting them at a 2 minute, 33 second routine. Luckily, the judges decided to not penalize them for it.

When asked what it was like being called to the judges table, coach Jennifer Mercer said, “As I was walking over there I didn’t know what to expect.”

Also, in their pyramid they got a three-point penalty because one of their halves on the side didn’t have a back spot.

“For the music penalty, we tried to talk about it being the crowd and how the crowd was too loud to hear and for the other we didn’t try to fight that one a lot,” Mercer said. “He showed us in the book where the rule was and how we had disobeyed it because of our division.”

At their next competition, on Feb. 8 against two other teams, Sierra Vista and California High School, they placed 2nd again.

The squad performed well, considering they gained one girl and lost three, restructuring the routine in just two weeks.

“I feel like we did good,” Janea Tyler (11) said. “We learned our routine in a short time, so I feel like we’ve accomplished a lot as a team.”

Their scores seemed to remain the same between the two competitions.

At this competition, they lost 0.5 points for a bobble in the opening stunt sequence, as well as 1.0 points for a tumbling pass touching the floor out of the tuck.

Their scores with deductions were 78.83 points and without deductions it was 80.33 points.

After this competition, the squad’s next stop is nationals. They will be held in Anaheim, California on march 28-30.

“With nationals, if possible, it is a big goal and dream to make it to the second day, but if not, it’s always nice to place higher up,” Bailey Berlien (10) said.

To get ready for the big trip, the team is hoping to have all their girls back and healed.

Starting the first week in march, the squad is making changes in the routine.

The first thing they will do is start to make a new stunt sequence and make it more difficult, which is already underway and being worked on in practices.

After, they will add in the other girls back to every section of the performance. In doing that, they will also spice up their dance section.

Next, they will make transitions and tumbling more appealing to the eye

Lastly, they are going to change the cheer to make it more energetic.

Putting together the whole routine and cheer is the hardest part.

“I’m excited to have another road trip with my team and make new memories with everyone,” Tyler said.

This hard working team is pumped and ready to get going on the routine so they can have a successful journey at nationals.

 

By: Amanda Slee